Canadian Safe Boating Council and OPP Team Up to Reduce Impaired Boating Deaths
Over Civic Day Long Weekend
August 3, 2018 - Orillia, ON - Drinking and boating accounts for approximately
40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. With the upcoming
legalization of cannabis, the CSBC along with the OPP and other marine safety partners
share concerns about the negative impact this issue may have on boating incidents
In an effort to raise awareness and reduce alcohol/drug related deaths, the CSBC
and its partners are launching "Operation Dry Water' for the sixth consecutive year.
With the boating season in high gear, the Civic Day Long Weekend is an ideal time
to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of boating while impaired by drugs or
alcohol. The end goal is to ensure safer and more enjoyable recreational boating
for everyone. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat,
the effects of alcohol and drugs on the water can be greatly increased.
"The CSBC, its partners and sponsors would like, through this and our other initiatives,
to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters
to boat sober," stated John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council".
Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of impaired boating, and remedies
that are currently in place to discourage it.
Federal laws dictate that boaters can be charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel
under the Criminal Code of Canada if they are found to be impaired by alcohol or
drugs. Under current and proposed legislation, human-powered craft are not excluded
from the definition of a vessel and are subject to the same penalties. A number
of provinces, including Ontario have enacted legislation in which impaired boating
can result in drivers losing their automobile driving privileges.
Whether you are a boat operator or passe nger, all boaters have a role to play in
helping ensure that no one operates a vessel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
This initiative is made possible through the support of Transport Canada's Office
of Boating Safety.
For a 30-second PSA and additional media resources on boating safety please visit
www.csbc.ca under CSBC Safety Campaigns.
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